The North American Right Whale is one of many endangered species in our midst.
Common Name: Northern Right Whale / Southern Right Whale
Scientific Name: Eubalaena glacialis / Eubalaena australis
Population: ~ 300 in the North Atlantic / ~7,000 in Southern Hemisphere
Size: 50 feet long, can weigh up to 70 tons
Threats: ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear
Right whales are the rarest of all large whale species and among the rarest of all marine mammal species.
They are found in three general regions: the North Atlantic, the North Pacific, and the Southern Hemisphere. Right whale populations, historically, were severely depleted by commercial whaling. More recently, direct and indirect impacts from human activitiesmostly vessel collisions and fishing gear entanglementsalmost certainly have contributed to a lack of recovery.
For more information about the Northern Right Whales, view the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium materials. November 2009, latest issue of Right Whale News
The calving grounds of these whales is here off our coast in Jacksonville; keep track of current whale activities read the Right Whale Aerial Survey Blog